How does a foil shaver work? Curious to learn what makes your foil shaver tick and how its able to give you a smooth shave? There's a lot of bits and pieces to the puzzle but one things for certain we're happy to have this technology.
Electric shavers make shaving quick and convenient. Before electric shavers every shave required water, lather, and a razor directly to the skin. As electric shavers continue to improve they'll one day cut as close as a cartridge razor.
Difference in Foil and Rotary Shavers
The difference between a foil and rotary shaver come down to each being better for certain facial hair types. Both foil and rotary shavers work quite similarly. Except one cuts in a horizontal path and the other circular.
Since foil shavers cut in a horizontal motion it makes them suitable for men with thinner, straighter, and straighter growth facial hair. If you match these characteristics you should own a foil shaver over a rotary shaver.
On the flip side rotary shavers are suitable for men with thicker, curly, and circular growth pattern hair. If your hair grows more on the wild side a rotary shaver will perform better during your shave session.
That's why so many men get confused about electric shavers. They end up purchasing a rotary shaver when they needed a foil shaver or the other way around. Knowing which type matches your facial hair is the first step to picking the right shaver.
That information aside both rotary and foil shavers work almost the same. The same type of skin protection is built into both razors and the same type of lift and cut technology. Only different ones operates in a circle and the other left and right.
How Do These Electric Shavers Work?
The key functionality of these shavers is to lay down the protective metallic foil on your skin first. Your facial hair then slips into the opening in the foil where a blade can cut them.
That's what makes electric shavers ideal for someone with sensitive skin. The blade never touches the skin with the protective foil between you and the blade. While this does mean you're not going to get a shave as close as a razor shave it's still quite smooth.
Electric shavers aren't designed to be as smooth as razors even though they do a great job. The main goal of an electric shaver is speed and convenience. You get to do a quick dry shave and get it done quickly. On top of that you don't have to worry about all the issues that come with razor blade shaving.
You'll experience less razor burn, ingrown hairs, and skin irritation. Plus you can still wet shave with the majority of electric shavers out there. So you're not going to miss out on the wet shave experience if you don't want to.
Braun: How's Your Shaver Made?
It's always interesting to see a "how it's made" video. The video below demonstrates the process your Braun shaver like the Braun Series 9 goes through to get manufactured and tested. It also answers the question "how does a foil shaver work?" through visual details.
If you're only interested in how the foil shaver head works skip to the 3:55 portion of the video. I encourage you to watch all of it though because it is quite interesting.
Picking a Good Foil Shaver
I've reviewed many different foil shavers and there's several great options available. If you want a good foil shaver both Braun and Panasonic make great shavers. Although there's a couple things to consider before you buy a shaver.
Cleaning Stations - Higher end electric shavers come with a cleaning station that will both clean and charge your electric shaver. These stations take away most the maintenance involved with your razor. You simply drop your shaver in when you're done shaving and press a button. However, they do require replacement cleaning cartridges time to time.
Replacement Heads - Always take a look at the replacement heads for your foil shaver. Check the pricing and availability of the replacement heads. You'll have to buy a replacement head time to time so it's a cost factor to be aware of. You don't have to replacement them frequently. It's nothing compared to a cartridge razor for example. In my experience Panasonic has had more affordable foil shaver heads.
Traveling - Any electric shaver is easier to travel with compared to a razor blade. With new flight laws razor blades can't easily be brought onto planes. Electric shavers pass much easier so you won't have to deal with any extra hassle. That being said some shavers come with a travel lock and some do not. Travel lock prevents the shaver from accidentally being clicked on and causing problems.
Here are some foil shavers I've reviewed that you can check out:
Before You Go!
Hopefully this article was able to help you understand how does a foil shaver work. There's a lot of little moving pieces that bring everything together. The main feature the shaver's head work nearly the same for both foil and rotary shavers.
If you're going to be buying a shaver soon make sure to read some of our reviews to find a shaver suitable for you. If you have any tips or suggestions please feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!